Israeli Cabinet Approves Temporary Draft Exemption For Yeshiva Students

New rule expires in August; provides framework for yeshiva students to join National Service Program.
12/09/2012 - 19:00

Israel's Cabinet approved a temporary exemption for haredi Orthodox yeshiva students from the military draft.

The exemption, passed Sunday in the wake of the expiration of the Tal Law that had allowed haredi men to defer army service, provides a framework for the yeshiva students to join the National Service program in place of being drafted into the military. It was proposed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz.

Ultra-Orthodox children wear handcuffs as they protest military conscription in Israel. Getty Images

Bibi Faces Crisis Over Draft Law

Struggles to chart course between haredi and centrist parties on delicate issue of national service.
07/02/2012 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — In his first election after immigrating to Israel from Los Angeles, Avi Cohen, 26, voted for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But now, amid a swirling national debate over integrating the fervently Orthodox into the army, Cohen says he’s reconsidering.

That’s because Netanyahu on Monday dissolved the Plesner Committee, a panel formed with the centrist Kadima party to formulate new legislation aimed at ending a universal draft exemption for fervently Orthodox yeshiva students.

Social protestors say Netanyahu, above, must confront haredi parties on yeshiva deferments. getty images
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